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Waffle House Bans Guns

Audio Recording of Open Carry Alabama to Waffle House, May 2012

July 30, 2013: We spoke with someone in the Waffle House corporate communications office.  She refused to be quoted and identify herself or her title other than by her first name, Kelly.

She told us they ban firearms in every location, except for law enforcement.  She believes all locations are posted as gun free zones.

We asked her how well she thought their “No Guns” policy was working given the armed robbery action they’d seen in Atlanta this week.  After all, their policy didn’t prevent the robber from bringing his gun in to rob the place.  She understood the point of the question and had no answer, other than to say that one of the good guys was an off-duty police officer.  While that is true, the man that actually was able to draw his gun and shoot the robber is not law enforcement.  He’s a friend of the off duty cop – an off duty security guard not associated with Waffle House.  Based on Waffle House policy he is not allowed to possess a gun there, just like the rest of us.  Waffle House owes that man a bit of gratitude for being appropriately armed and trained with his firearm.

We asked if they would consider changing their policy in light of recent events, to at least allow permitted concealed carry.  She could not comment on that, but speculated that people in the legal department may possibly be having those discussions.

We encourage everyone to let your voices be heard.  Remind them that the criminal was not deterred by their policy and may have even been enticed by it.  Remind Waffle House that the man that shot the robber was not a police officer and may as well have been any one of us, if they’d allow us to carry there.  Would they have preferred if he respected their “no guns” policy and not dined there that night?  How about the rest of their law abiding customers?

Contact Them:

http://www.wafflehouse.com/contact-us/contact-us

Waffle House Inc.
5986 Financial Drive
Norcross, GA. 30071
(770) 729-5700

49 Comments

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    No sign

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    • The sign is hidden toward the rear of the building up by the security camera. It had to be pointed out to me because I always park by the windows.

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  2. The ones I eat at don’t have an issue with guns. Yes the little illegal sign is there. It’s obvious I’m carrying but not blatantly obvious. They haven’t said anything yet. And I have seen others carrying open. Nothing said. So it’s not all waffle houses

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    • This Undisclosed Source apparently would not give her name because she DOESN’T Know what she’s talking about!
      I have NEVER seen a single sign, nor poster on the wall, nor anything else as being a “Gun Free Zone”…
      And I have been eating there since the FIRST STORE in Avondale Estates, GA where I lived, and KNEW one of the 3 Organizing Partners! Good People!! And I had ‘a close relative’ that worked in their Corp. office for several years.
      And I have eaten at 3 different locations in the past week…WITH my Licensed Concealed Weapons… and not one single comment nor ‘issue’…
      That employee was fired because she Chased the robber outside! AFTER the robbery was OVER, and no one was harmed, and Fired a “Warning Shot” into the AIR to “scare away” a guy who was ALREADY RUNNING AWAY!
      WHERE did that round come back down..?? A bedroom window..? A shopping center parking lot.? A School Yard.?
      At that point, after she HAD done everything right inside the store, she did WRONG!
      She was NOT “protecting herself and the customers”…she was playing Wild West Cowgirl!

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  3. Just what we need, more nuts with guns.

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  4. I’ve eaten at the waffle House in Milledgeville Georgia many times….I’ve never seen a sign at this WH that bans firearms…However; if I do see one I will no longer eat there.

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  5. Have been to Waffle House many times, but believe me no more. Will not give my money to any company that does not believe in all of ours rights as American citizens.

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  6. I usually open carry in Waffle houses regularly. this morning at the one in Opelousas Louisiana, Asked me not too. So I left. They just lost a loyal customer.

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  7. So what is teh opinion of you gun humpers that one of the businesses that refuses to allow guns in their place of business is THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION? Are you now going to boycott the NRA too?

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    • The fact that it is false. Maybe you should do some research before you believe every rumor you here on the internet. It is ignorant people like you who cause so many of this countries problems.

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      • Fairfax, VA where the NRA is headquartered, has stricter laws than most of the state of Va. That fact is TRUE.

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        • If the STATE has bans on where a firearm can be carried, and if open or concealed, then it isn’t the NRA, or a Waffle House, or any other business’s ‘fault’ that they are banned there…
          The People of that State need to make some Changes in their Leadership!

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        • The NRA range is right on site. Gun are welcome on the property. I go there weekly. Fairfax has the same gun laws as the rest of VA except for a few small statutes. Nothing major Carry On!

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  8. Pretty dumb to piss off their core clientele. I will ah e to check the WH in town and see if there is a sign. If there is they lost me forever. All these businesses that push their agenda lose me forever even if they change their mind.

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  9. I stopped eating there about 5 years ago , I use to eat there all the time then they put out their little gun ban and I stopped eating there . ( I lost weight ) . I refuse to let my family eat there . I refuse to conduct any business lunch there . I can honestly say there are 3 for family about 70 friends and god knows how many on the business side . So if you add it up at approximately $14.00 per meal ( including tip of $5.00 ) times roughly 150 people that adds up to about $210,000,00 just for 1 meal per person . This is not adding up the times these people might go a second or third time or more . I hope they understand that money talks and agendas cost them money .

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  10. This is what I sent to Waffle House, and I suggest everybody sends something similar:

    I ‘m saddened to learn that your policy is to prevent lawfully armed citizens from carrying their concealed self defense weapons into your restaurants. As long as this policy remains in effect I will not be coming to any of the Waffle Houses I’ve enjoyed in the past on my regular trips from Chicago to Georgia to visit family. I’m not willing to abide by a policy that strips from me my God-given and Constitutionally affirmed right to defend myself. Recent events continue to show that so-called “Gun Free Zones” are in reality nothing more or less than “Victim Disarmament Zones for Psychopathic Killers”.
    It has been nearly 24 years since the mass shooting at a Luby’s restaurant in 1991. 23 people were killed and 27 were wounded in that incident, including both the Mother and Father of Dr. Suzanna Hupp who would have been armed, but chose to abide by the “Gun Free Zone” requirements of Texas at that time and had left her gun in her car. Luby’s had an excuse at the time, as back then Texas did not have a concealed carry provision. But you (Waffle House) have NO excuse to prevent good people from being able to protect themselves as the law now permits the concealed carry of weapons (with a permit) in every State your restaurants are located in. If a mass shooting ever happens at one of your restaurants, the resulting liability lawsuits might drive you out of business.
    I respectfully ask you to change your policy and allow the possession of concealed weapons.
    Sincerely,
    John Mohan

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  11. I was REGULAR hAD MORE BUTTONS THN ANY OF THE eMPLOWEES AT MY rESTURRANT. Now I’m history. No thanks Waffle House, Im ashmed of you.

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  12. I will have to check in Houston, Texas to see if the local Waffle House has the proper 30.06 and 30.07 signs banning entry with a firearm. Most businesses that have signs in Texas ban only the unlicensed carrying of firearms inside. That’s already illegal. I suspect that what they are doing is serving notice to bad guys that there could be any number of people inside legally carrying firearms.

    If Waffle House bans the licensed carrying of firearms, I won’t enter with my handgun. I won’t enter at all. Gun free zones are where bad guys are most likely to go. Why would I go there?

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    • there was no 30.06 at the Waffle House I ate at in Houston last month

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      • If your carrying concealed, and there is no legal sign. Then what’s the big deal. Concealed means no one knows but you. I spoke with one of the franchise owners daughters. Per corporate rules it’s no guns. Per her, They don’t want open carry but they do not mind concealed. Especially if it’s a regular that they trust and know. Like me! Never had an issue there. And she knows I’m carrying. Maybe that’s why I never have to pay for coffee,,??

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    • Because they serve grits?

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  13. Do to your no firearms policy you’ll never have me as a customer.

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  14. I will NO LONGER take a chance on being shot in a gun free zone. Also, I will not spend any more money in a gun free zone.

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  15. The law in Missouri reads there are 17 places you cannot carry regardless and #15 of those rules are:

    Any private property conspicuously posted off-limits to concealed firearms with 11×14-inch sign with one-inch letters

    So, my take on that is, if a business does not want you to carry in their establishment, then by gosh they better have the signage up as required by law.

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  16. No matter what Waffle House Corporate policy is, they have to follow each state mandated rule for signage barring concealed weapons from their property. If they do not follow the state guidelines, it does not matter what their corporate policy is. The signs have to be on the outside of the building where they can be visibly seen. I love waffle house and the only time I get to go there is when we go to see my daughter in KS or on vacation down south. There are none up here in MN. But will keep my eye out for a sign when we go to KS this weekend and stop for breakfast. I will just keep it covered and they will never know.

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  17. I have eaten at Waffle Houses all over the country, since the 70s, and have always carried concealed and never noticed any signs, yet. But when I do, if it is inside, I’ll wait until they come to wait on my table, I’ll get up, and as I’m leaving, I’ll inform them that there are other businesses that do not have a problem with legal conceal carry that would be happy with my money.

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  18. I was in Trusville ,Al this past weekend and noticed this sign on the door. I am a CCW and normally carry concealed. When i saw this sign, I changed to open carry. I was aked to remove my weapon from the property. My simple repy was i am dumbfounded that they would have this posted with the recent robberies and attempted robberies of the resturant in the past month. The manager’s reply was it is corporate. I was not allowed to stay in the resturant with my legally state provided carry permit. Not that it matterd to him, or corporate but they just lost a loyal patron. I can live without scattered,, covered, chunked or another item from this establishment. I went to the Jacks, right next door. Best of luck with this ridiculous policy next time they are robbed.

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  19. William Troy Britt

    Troy

    State of N.C. allows me to carry and I don’t go in places that don’t so no longer will I eat at Waffle House.My money loss will not close their doors but enough gun owners stick tighter and they will change or close .

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  20. The ingredients in Waffle House’s food kills more people annually than responsibly armed citizens. I used to like eating there on occasion. However, I will go somewhere else where there might be some back up in the case of a shootout :)

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  21. Waffle House also works minors on the third shift and on school nights. Waffle House is a horrible company.

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    • “Minors” WANT those jobs, and have to get special Permits from their School and their Parent(s) to work there! And they are limited, by State Laws, in what jobs they can do — for their safety — and how late they could work (No later than 8:30 pm in my case.)
      I have managed McD and several other restaurants… and we gladly employed ‘Minors’ if they WANTED to work! [even though it was Extra inconvenience on our part.] If they had the initiative, and kept up their grades, and did what the job required, I was glad to have them! BTW — they got paid the same as other employees!
      That did NOT make me a “horrible employer”… it made me someone interested in the local community and caring and supportive of young people with initiative!

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  22. I’ve been going to Waffle House for years and never had a problem until this morning when I was asked to take my gun out of the building needless to say we got up and left and went across the street to Huddle House where they were happy to have me and my gun

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  23. I’ve never seen any legally enforceable signs at Waffle Houses in TX. If they honestly don’t want legal concealed carry here, there are strict standards they have to follow to give notice.

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  24. Never seen a sign here in Tennessee
    If i do be going to Denny’s.
    No guns no money.

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  25. I carry open in Arizona Waffle House locations – never been questioned.

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  26. I have patronized Waffle House all my life. Here in Texas they Must have it posted as a gun free zone in which I have not seen it posted on the 2 I attend bi weekly. Even though I can legally carry as the law and Waffle House not stating otherwise, Waffle House has lost me, my family, and my clubs business until they recognize we have rights and they should respect them.
    CHUCK DALLAS TX

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  27. Jeffery Chapman

    I have patronized Waffle House all my life, and have conceal carried there for years. However, I just noticed the sign on the building (in a rather obscure place, possibly the reason for me never seeing it there before) as I was driving out of the parking lot of the Lancaster, PA location. I plan to call at least the district manager and question this policy and if I am not pleased with his answer, I will discontinue my patronage.

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    • I just noticed the sign at out local Waffle House. There was nothing on the exterior. It was a small sign above the grill…

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  28. I really was not aware that Waffle House did not allow the legal concealed carry to patronize their businesses. Now that I know, I will gladly spend my money elsewhere.

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  29. Too many other restaurants that serve better food than Waffle House. I will take my business to the others.

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